Martial Boggio-Pasqua

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Fluorescent proteins have been widely used as genetically encodable fusion tags for biological imaging. Recently, a new class of fluorescent proteins was discovered that can be reversibly light-switched between a fluorescent and a non-fluorescent state. Such proteins can not only provide nanoscale resolution in far-field fluorescence optical microscopy much(More)
We have performed excited-state dynamics simulations of a Photoactive Yellow Protein chromophore analogue in water. The results of the simulations demonstrate that in water the chromophore predominantly undergoes single-bond photoisomerization, rather than double-bond photoisomerization. Despite opposite charge distributions in the chromophore,(More)
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Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP) is believed to be the primary photoreceptor for the photo avoidance response of the salt-tolerant bacterium Halorhodospira halophila. PYP contains a deprotonated 4-hydroxy-cinnamic acid (or p-coumaric acid, pca) chromophore linked covalently to the γ-sulphur of Cys69 via a thioester bond (Figure 1). 1 Upon absorbing a(More)
Unravelling the main initial dynamics responsible for chiral recognition is a key step in the understanding of many biological processes. However, this challenging task requires a sensitive enantiospecific probe to investigate molecular dynamics on their natural femtosecond time scale. Here we show that, in the gas phase, the ultrafast relaxation dynamics(More)
Organisms have evolved a wide variety of mechanisms to utilize and respond to light. In many cases, the biological response is mediated by structural changes that follow photon absorption in a protein complex. The initial step in such cases is normally the photoisomerization of a highly conjugated prosthetic group. To understand better the factors(More)
We have performed ab initio CASSCF, CASPT2, and EOM-CCSD calculations on doubly deprotonated p-coumaric acid (pCA(2-)), the chromophore precursor of the photoactive yellow protein. The results of the calculations demonstrate that pCA(2-) can undergo only photoisomerization of the double bond. In contrast, the chromophore derivative with the acid replaced by(More)
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